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The Cost of Making Tomato Sauce

Updated on November 7, 2013
Tomato Sauce via flcker
Tomato Sauce via flcker

Making homemade tomato sauce is easy. I make a couple batches from the tomatoes in my garden every summer, freeze it and enjoy it all winter. It is inexpensive to make if you are using your garden tomatoes and you are able to make it the way you like it. You can choose the herbs and spices that you like. In addition, you can control the quality of the ingredients and the amount of salt and fat.

You can freeze tomato sauce in plastic containers. I like to use freezer bags. The freezer bags lay flat in the freezer and you can just stack them up. Instead of thawing the entire bag, just break off a piece or two and thaw the pieces. Or try using an assortment of freezer bags sizes with different portion sizes in each.

I've included the cost of my ingredients at the bottom of the article so you can compare to prices in your area.

Tomato Sauce

Yield – 6 Cups

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil $.88

1 small Onion $.44

2 cloves Garlic $.10

1 stalk Celery $.15

1 stalk Carrot $.07

1 t Salt $.01

1 t Pepper $.04

2 (32 ounce) cans Crushed Tomatoes $4.56

5 Basil Leaves $.23

2 Bay Leaves $.32

Total Cost $6.80

Cost per cup $1.33

Cost per cup using tomatoes from the garden $.37

Cost to buy (per cup) $.83

Cost of my ingredients

$5.58 for 25.5 ounces of extra virgin olive oil

$1.83 for 1 pound of small onions

$1.00 for 2 heads of garlic

$1.65 for 1 bunch of celery

$.55 for 1 pound of carrots

$.99 for 26 ounces of salt

$2.32 for 4 ounces of pepper

$2.28 for 1 (32 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes

$2.79 for 1 bunch of fresh basil

$3.18 for .12 ounces of bay leaves

$2.48 for 24 ounces of canned tomato sauce


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